An Arkansas man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to causing injuries to two young children, including his infant daughter.
Shawn Charles Tabor, 27, entered the guilty plea Tuesday to charges of battery and domestic battery, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
In court before Benton County Circuit Judge Robin Green, Tabor cited stress as the cause for injuring his 2-month-old daughter and a 1-year-old boy, according to the newspaper.
Tabor rmust serve at least five years in prison before he will be eligible for parole. He reportedly received 194 days of credit for time spent at the Benton County jail.
An investigation began in July, when Tabor’s 2-month-old daughter was brought to Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers. There, doctors determined that the girl had a fractured skull and bleeding on her brain.
Tabor’s daughter was then transferred to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo. She has since recovered from her injuries, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported, citing information given in court.
Tabor initially told police he tripped and the girl landed in a rocker but later admitted that he became mad when she would not stop crying.
The 2-month-old was thrown at least 5 feet onto a couch before being grabbed by her legs and swung to another part of the couch, Tabor said, according to the affidavit.